PRP Therapy Questions and Answers
Back Pain & Joint Center of Texas offers platelet-rich plasma treatments. Discover the benefits of PRP therapy by reading our Q and A page below. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Conroe TX, Montgomery TX, Panorama Village TX, Willis TX, The Woodlands TX and Cleveland TX.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, refers to a number of treatments using the plasma extracted from one’s own blood supply. It is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-poor plasma from the platelet-rich plasma, which is then injected into an injured area of the body. This platelet-rich plasma is abundant in healing properties.
What is PRP?
Although blood is mainly composed of liquid known as plasma, it also contains small solid components such as red cells, white cells, and platelets. Clotting blood is the most well-known role of the platelets. However, these platelets are also very important in the healing of injuries and contain hundreds of proteins known as growth factors.
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of these growth factors can be 5 to 10 times greater than what is normally found in the blood.
To create a sample of PRP, blood is first drawn from a patient. In a centrifugal process, the platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased. These platelets are then administered into the affected area.
What does PRP Treat?
Fractures – PRP has been used to speed the healing of broken bones. This type of treatment has not seen much use and therefore research is very limited.
Knee Arthritis – PRP is used in treating mild to moderate-grade knee osteoarthritis. Some research indicates that the results of a PRP injection can last up to two years.
Surgery – To help tissues heal more quickly, PRP has been used during certain types of surgery.
Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries — Platelet-rich plasma therapy has received much attention about the treatment of acute sports injuries, such as muscle strains and ligament sprains. PRP has been used to treat professional athletes with common sports injuries like torn ACLs, knee sprains and pulled muscles.
Chronic Tendon Injuries — A vast amount of research reports the effectiveness of PRP in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially injuries of the tendons on the outside of the elbow, such as tennis elbow.
How long do PRP injections last?
One week after receiving PRP injections, patients with osteoarthritis noted a decrease in pain with results that lasted for six months. Evidence-based evaluation on the use of platelet-rich plasma in orthopedics from SICOT-J seconded these findings, and also reported that PRP treatments generally last six months, and with periodic maintenance injections, can be extended for even longer. The period of efficacy for PRP treatments will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The condition which the PRP injections are targeting
- The overall condition of health of the patient receiving the injection
- The response the body has to the initial round of treatment
While PRP injections show great promise, the benefits experienced by each individual will depend on a case-by case-basis. Patients may experience different outcomes even if they are receiving PRP injections for the same condition.
What parts of the body can you treat with PRP?
As research expands, PRP therapy can benefit nearly any part of the body. However, the most commonly treated areas include:
- Torn tendons
- Muscle injuries
- Arthritis-related pain
- Joint injuries
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury to a muscle, tendon or ligament, come to Back Pain & Joint Center of Texas for treatment. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating a number of conditions with PRP therapy and can provide you with healing you never thought was possible. For more information on our PRP therapy, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our PRP specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.